The attack on the Tanzanian girl by a mob in Bengaluru has received its due reactions from the government, Bollywood and respective embassies. While the External Affairs Ministry is "deeply pained" and Bollywood is "ashamed" of the incident, there is one aspect everyone seems to miss - the threat of mob mentality in India.
Was it a racist attack? Yes, it was. And there is no denying that. It was a racist attack because the woman was not even inside the car that killed one lady and injured her husband. It was a shameful racist attack because the moment the mob saw some black people, they burnt their car. But there is more to it. It was also a mob outrage that resulted in the deplorable act of stripping a woman.
Imagine the scene where a few people stop their car to see an accident on a road and instead get dragged out of the car by a group of people. Why? Because the mob thought that they all were "Nigerians" (the common word, they used while beating them up). Following this, the male members manage to run for their lives while the mob gets hold of the Tanzanian woman. After the reverse engineering of the incident, now we know that there was no link between the woman and the accident, except that she was of a black race and happened to encounter an angry mob.
Apart from raising questions on the security of the foreign students in our country, the incident has brought to light about how we ruthlessly treat people who do not look like us.
This is one of the many attacks that highlight the issue of increasing threats in the country. Most often than not, racism and a mob mentality are reasons behind such ruthless attacks.